19 Days to a shallower you – part one

I was amazed at how many people responded positively to an earlier Shallow Reflections blog post outlining 13 tips to keep your relationship shallow.

It made me think about those unfortunates who are not born shallow like Patrick and me so I felt compelled to develop a tool for those who hunger to shrink their gratifying and exhausting lives into something less fulfilling.

Research shows that it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. That’s why I came up with a 19-day plan to a shallower you. If you follow these suggestions for the next 19 days I can guarantee you will avoid permanent change, but it is long enough to get you wading around in the shallow end of the pool.

Courtesy of depositphotos.com/Irochka: used with permission, edits by author

Day 1 – Review all the New Year’s Resolutions you did not complete or even start. There is nothing magical about January 1, and you can start over anytime. Change is an inside job, and I had no idea so much of our lack of motivation can be due to an imbalance of our microflora. So make this the year to add Activia to your grocery list, and restore the natural bacteria in your intestines.

Day 2  – Take time for you. Overcome guilt, over-responsibility, and a super-sized view of your importance. Call in sick, heave your alarm clock out the window, and expand the size of the drool spot on your pillow.

Day 3 – Live fully in the future. Take this entire day and no matter what crappy thing happens, think about how much better life will be in the future. Imagine yourself rich, thin, self-actualized, and ecstatic. This little exercise of ignoring the present moment will really lift your spirits.

Day 4 – Empower yourself with thoughts about how you have been victimized. Focus on the injustices you have endured and all the wrongs committed against you. This will remind you of your strength and resilience. And knowing you overcame these obstacles without serving jail time is a real confidence builder. If reading this from jail, please ignore the last sentence. Oops! Sorry about the reference to ‘sentence.’

Day 5 – Commit yourself to positive intentions. Here are some examples:  I will refrain from cursing or rude gestures on my drive to work today when a pokey driver gets in front of me going 30 miles below speed limit. I will focus on the small things today so I can overlook the giant issues in my life.

Day 6 – Buy something you can’t afford. You deserve to indulge in something that gives you short-term happiness. That credit card bill is weeks away from jolting you into reality.

Day 7 – Commit to a ‘no exercise’ day/week/month/year. Think of all the guilt you won’t feel if you commit to a sedentary lifestyle. Meanwhile when your friends and relatives gloat about the goals they are reaching toward this year’s triathlon, you can feel awe-inspired about your success as a couch potato.

Day 8 – Slow down. Remember that hurrying can only bring on trouble and heartache.This will be especially sweet if you combine it with the suggestion from Day 2 to take time for you.

I’m sure you are going to be itching to read Part Two which will provide eleven more exciting strategies to help you achieve more diminishing returns.

I look forward to your comments, letting me know where this adventure takes you!

PIN FOR LATER

©2017, Stevens. All rights reserved.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

29 thoughts on “19 Days to a shallower you – part one

  1. Without even knowing it, I began my quest to be more shallow today. I have blown off my exercise plan and sat on the couch all day watching TV and eating cookies and pop tarts. With your guidance, I know I can be a success!

  2. Loved it Molly although the little voice in my head will still push me to exercise. I am tired of all the self help books though. If being shallow means slowing down to enjoy life I’m all for it! Have a great day xxx

    • Secretly I am a big proponent of exercise, Sue. I just couldn’t resist doing a post that offered the opposite advice from most self help gurus. There is a lot to be said for slowing down and smelling the geraniums though. Ewwwww. Don’t smell the geraniums, they are disgusting, okay?

    • I’ve been a little too diligent in my ‘no exercise’ winter but am hoping now that Lucifer has been exorcised from my body I can get the energy to move again and regain some lost strength. I do think slowing down is healthy for the body, mind and soul.

  3. i can’t wait for the future when I will be even more shallow than I am today, thanks to your expert guidance. there’s no limit to how low I can go!

  4. Ooh, these are good–and so doable! Who knew achieving shallowness was so within reach? I especially like Day #3’s tip (Live fully in the future) and the amazing sense of guilt-free relief I know I’ll feel committing to no exercise on Day #8. Who needs resolutions???

I love comments. Just type in the box below to make me happy, okay?